Here in TO, we’ve had an early blast of wintery weather with arctic temps and an abundance of snow. If you’re longing to feel some warmth again, turn up the heat with a Warming Green Goodness Smoothie. This smoothie incorporates all of the goodness of green things, as well as hot tea to make it the perfect way to nourish and warm your body, at the same time. I used peppermint tea in mine, but you could substitute green tea or rooibos, whatever your favourite tea may be. This smoothie is great for an early morning breakfast to rev your body, or post workout as it provides carbs, protein, electrolytes and anti-oxidants to support your body’s repair process after exercise. (Thank you to Dr. Biljana of Flourish Chiropractic for the inspiring mug!)
Warm Green Goodness Smoothie
vegan, whole food, dairy-free
Banana - along with fibre, provides post workout carbs and potassium to help with electrolyte balance
Avocado - a wide variety of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients which are important for recovery and repair after exercise. Also, several electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride, plus heart-supporting good fats and all of the B vitamins
Spinach - this little leaf is a nutrition powerhouse with way too many phytonutrients to individually name here. So I will highlight the top magnesium, iron, calcium, folate, potassium, manganese, copper and vitamins B2, B6, A, E and K. Plus it is strongly anti-inflammatory and helps to balance blood sugar and electrolytes, important after a workout.
Cucumber - the humble cucumber provides several nutritional benefits. several minerals needed for electrolyte balance, blood sugar stabilization and strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
Hemp seeds - like all seeds, hemp seeds pack a lot of nutrition into a tiny package. They contain all 3 macronutrients: protein, fat and carbohydrates, as well as a bunch of micronutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and folate.
Honey - raw honey offers anti-fungal and anti-oxidant protection. It also provides fructose for quick energy that doesn’t cause a dangerous blood sugar spike.